Goofy for 802.11

by Rael Dornfest

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There's something in the air at Disney World -- and I'm not talking about whirling kids or the monorail. The park is all-but blanketed by 802.11b networks bringing instantaneous distributed credit-card authorization (let's hope they're not relying upon WEP :-\) to its ultra-mobile 55K "cast members," guest tracking, and more. This has been a bumper year for 802.11, with new specs in the pipeline and stories of innovative usage almost daily. Oh, and If you're hoping to hop the kingdom's airwaves, don't hold your breath; "We need you to come to the park and enjoy the park . . . If we start opening Internet cafes, you won't do that."